THE UTMOST DEDICATION

OKURIBITO (DEPARTURES) (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the recent Oscars, Departures is about preparing another for afterlife.

After the orchestra he works at disbands, Daigo returns to his hometown and finds himself stumbling onto a job “dealing with the departed”. The movie entertains you with laughs as Daigo is being put to film an ad for the business but later draws you in when you see how much dedication he puts into his work, even after his wife has left him because of his occupation.

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